|Address:||1 New Orchard Road, Armonk, New York 10504, US|
|Type:||manufacturer, designer, consulting|
|Competitors:||Dell. Hewlett-Packard, Intel, AMD, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft|
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, or colloquially, Big Blue) (NYSE: IBM), manufactures and sells computer hardware, software, and services.
With over 330,000 employees worldwide and revenues of $96 billion (figures from 2004), IBM is the largest information technology company in the world, and one of the few with a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. IBM has engineers and consultants in over 170 countries and development laboratories located all over the world, in all segments of computer science and information technology; some of them are pioneers in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
In recent years, services and consulting revenues have been larger than those from manufacturing. Samuel J. Palmisano was elected CEO on January 29, 2002 after having led IBM's Global Services, and helping it to become a business with a $100 billion in backlog in 2004 .
In 2002 the company has strengthened its business advisory capabilities by acquiring the consulting arm of professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The company is increasingly focused on business solution driven consulting, services and software, with emphasis also on high value chips and hardware technologies; as of 2004 it employs about 191,000 technical professionals. That total includes 300-400 Distinguished Engineers and 50-60 IBM Fellows, its most senior engineers. IBM Research has eight research labs located in the Northern Hemisphere, with half of those locations outside of the United States. IBM employees have won five Nobel Prizes. In the USA, they have earned four Turing Awards, five National Medals of Technology, and five National Medals of Science, and outside the USA, many equivalents.
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of type: manufacturer (+), designer (+), and consulting (+)
founding year: 1,911 (+)
number of employees: 348,052 (+)